Everett Asking For 10% Voluntary Reduction In Water Use

August 11, 2015

Everett, Everett Government

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Don’t be a drip, save 10%.

Everett is joining Tacoma and Seattle in asking citizens to reduce water use by 10 percent. Here is a joint press release from all three cities with more information.

After unusually hot weather, the region’s all-time driest May-July and in preparation of a potentially drier-than-normal fall, Everett, Seattle and Tacoma have moved to the second stage of their water shortage response plans – voluntary reduction.

The voluntary stage has been enacted because the potential for a water supply shortage continues to increase.

The three cities are working together to manage water supplies for people and fish during the drought and higher-than-normal water use. They are asking customers for their help by voluntarily reducing their water use by 10 percent starting today.

“Seattle customers know it is important to manage their water use during these dry conditions,” said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. “Today we are asking residents and businesses to continue to reduce water use both indoors and outdoors.”

People who want to find out how well the region is meeting the 10 percent goal can visit www.savingwater.org . The three cities plan to publish the first update the week of Aug. 24.

“We are confident our customers will be able to reduce their water use by 10 percent,” said Everett’s Mayor, Ray Stephanson. “We are asking for this reduction to ensure that we have enough water for both people and fish.”

Ways people can reduce their water use:
Let your lawn go dormant and limit plant watering to twice a week – Doing this at home and at businesses can make a big difference.

Water plants before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m. – If you are watering, do it during this timeframe to reduce the impact of evaporation.

Reduce your showering time at home, work and the gym

Check for and fix leaks now, including checking your toilets for silent leaks

Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes

Find more water saving tips at www.savingwater.org

“We are counting on all Tacoma Water customers to be very conscious of their water use,” said Public Utility Board Chair Bryan Flint. “By letting their lawns go dormant, people can make a significant impact.”

“It’s been an unprecedented year for low stream flows and fish; both young and old are being stranded across the state,” said Bob Everitt, Region 4 director, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “We would greatly appreciate any reductions in water usage that would save water for more instream flow.”

All three cities are making operational changes and activating supplementary water supplies – all in an effort to stretch their water supplies as far as possible.

If conditions worsen, each city will decide if it will move to the “mandatory” phase of water shortage response and require customers to further reduce the amount of water they normally use each day.

More Information

About Everett: https://everettwa.gov
Everett operates a regional water supply system that serves 80 percent of the homes and businesses in Snohomish County. This includes Everett and 95 other cities and water districts and serves a population of about 570,000. Get Everett water supply information.


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6 Responses to “Everett Asking For 10% Voluntary Reduction In Water Use”

  1. Liberal Hipster Doofus Says:

    I saw Grandma Kettle watering her tomatoes the other day. I can’t wait for a hotline number that I can call to turn her in to the enforcers.

  2. Laura Reed Says:

    Already do all of these things at home.

    I’m not fond of flushing the toilet if I don’t need to. Of course, people at work are hard to get on board with that.

  3. Eleanore Says:

    My bldg manager here waters his garden plants twice a day, that is overkill in my opinion he only needs to water once in the morning and thats it!! Try to tell him anything I get my head ripped off

  4. Zach Says:

    Let it mellow, boys and girls!

    Seriously, droughts are bad. Quit watering your yard fur. It’s a losing battle anyway.